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Nov 20th 2012

Check Out The New Engadget!

Have you taken a close look at Engadget today? Notice anything different? That's right, Engadget got a makeover!

Starting today, the site known for obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics will switch over to a responsive Web design, meaning the site looks just as good on tablets and smartphones as it does on the traditional desktop.

Why the change? Editor in chief Tim Stevens explains, "More than half of our traffic comes from tablets and smartphones, and our old site simply wasn't doing those platforms justice."

So whether you're reading Engadget from your desk at work, your phone on the bus ride home or on a tablet from the comfort of your couch, the site recognizes your device and tailors your experience accordingly. It can even rearrange the layout based on portrait or landscape mode to give you the best look possible.
More than just a treat for the eyes, though, the Engadget redesign serves an additional purpose – better performance.

The Engadget team approached the redesign with the goal of making the site cleaner, simpler and leaner, bringing you the same authoritative gadget news and in-depth product reviews without any wait time. Plus, replacing data-heavy graphics with a simpler HTML5 and text coding means Engadget's pages load faster than before and show up much cleaner on high-resolution displays, like Apple's retina line of products.

To see Engadget's redesign for yourself click here.

Nov 14th 2012

TechCrunch for iPhone: The Best Tech Research Tool, Now In Your Pocket

If you're a fan of our TechCrunch app, then you're already aware just how awesome it is to have all the latest tech news with full Crunchbase integration at your fingertips. Problem is, no-one wants to lug around a device in their back pocket, not even that brand new iPad Mini you just bought. We have good news. Today, TechCrunch is proud to announce the roll out of the all-in-one tech research tool to iPhone.

'But wait', we hear you say, 'the TechCrunch app is so killer because I can dig up lots of information on trending tech stories and use Crunchbase to check out the companies and key players behind those stories. I can follow the social buzz from other tech writers, cache stories for offline reading later and spend hours of my day down the tech rabbit hole. Even with the 4 inch screen on my iPhone 5, there's just no way you packed all that in.'

Yes, yes we did.

We even added video to the home screen so you can quickly watch the latest videos from TechCrunch TV. It's available for iOS right now. Download it here.

Oh, and one more thing - we have an Android version in the works. Stay tuned.

Nov 14th 2012

AOL Artists Kicks Off Guest Curator Program with Annie Werner of Tumblr


On November 14th, AOL Artists will kick off their new Guest Curator program with Annie Werner of Tumblr. Annie will curate a permanent collection of existing AOL canvases, lend a voice to the AOL Artists Tumblr, takeover the AOL Artists Twitter for a day, and more. The new Guest Curator program will rotate on a monthly basis, featuring leaders in art and technology.

Annie Werner runs the Arts Outreach program at Tumblr and Tumblr Open Arts. Her collection of AOL canvases will feature the work of a number of artists, including Mike Perry, Tomokazu Matsuyama, and Aakash Nihilani.

"We at Tumblr are committed to helping artists thrive online, and I'm excited to partner with AOL Artists, an incredible platform for just that," says Annie Werner.

The AOL Artists program utilizes technology to make art accessible to a wide audience. Through collaborations with over 110 artists from around the world, AOL has released over 260 original works of art, in a variety of mediums, for AOL's users. Aside from commissioning, the programs involvement in the community continues to grow. From public art installations and murals, to grants and conferences, AOL Artists is dedicated to supporting creativity in every form.

We are thrilled to kick off this program with Annie. Her understanding of art within the digital sphere and it's power to engage communities will bring an exciting voice to the AOL Artists audience.

Nov 12th 2012

AOL Earns Energy Star Certification for Virginia Data Centers

AOL has just earned Energy Star certifications for its Virginia data centers, Dulles and Manassas, the only two data centers in the state with this distinction.

This accomplishment means the buildings perform in the top 25% nationwide for energy efficiency and they meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy under the Energy Star program.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA's Energy Star certification use an average of 35% less energy than typical buildings and release 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Given the power density requirements specific to data centers, an organization-wide commitment to energy conservation and efficiency is required to successfully earn the Energy Star certification. Earlier this year, AOL also won Uptime Institute awards for data center and IT efficiency.

Here are some reasons that AOL received an Energy Star Certification:

· AOL improved its data floor monitoring and chiller efficiency to better match the required cooling of the data floor with the computer room AC units; this measurement system allowed some of the AC units to be turned off at low-load times
· At the Dulles Tech Center, AOL retrofit the HVAC system with variable frequency drive motors, which resulted in increased energy efficiency
· Across the suite of Dulles campus buildings and technology centers, these cost effective and energy efficient improvements have saved AOL more than $7 million in energy costs

To learn more about AOL's sustainability efforts click here.

Jul 11th 2012

AOL Flips on 'Game Changer' Micro Data Center

Following the ribbon-cutting on a 100% cloud-based AOL tech center late last year, AOL has now installed a data center in a small box, or a micro data center. Mike Manos, CTO, AOL Services, shares the details of this "game changer" in a blog post along with what it means for AOL.

"Not only did my teams simply kick ass, they did it in a way that moved the needle for the company, and in my mind once again catapulted themselves into the forefront of operations and technology at scale," Mike said in his post, which has already attracted 48,000 views in less than a week. Mike said the post is seeing views from Asia and Europe and is now among the top-20 most-viewed posts ever on his blog.

The deployment of the unit also attracted the attention of the tech news heavyweights including PC Magazine, Wired, ZDNet and GigaOm. AOL's technology team also recently won an award for our data center energy efficiency efforts.

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